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Pure Soul in Unclean body: Some Remarks on Christian-Islamic Divergences

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In this paper we analyse, on a transcendental and material basis, religious admonitions and priorities pertaining to the soul’s purity and the body’s (un)cleanness as constituents of dominant or challenging world views and behavioural systems. They are approached as a complex and historically determined social topic rather than as a simply cultural one. Explanations are also attempted regarding the differing Christian and Islamic soul-body perceptions and the syncretistic practices in the late-medieval Balkans, when Christian (Hesychasm) and Islamic mystic versions were widely diffused. Finally, we trace the religious imprint of relevant corporeal stances in today societies.

Affiliations: 1: University of Ioannina,


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